AnswersAnywhere Enhances Integration with ServiceMax to Drive Field Service Knowledge Delivery

Seattle, WA – July 16, 2019 – AnswersAnywhere, the leading provider of knowledge management solutions for field service organizations, today announced the release of AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax v2.0. The enhanced knowledge management solution and integration with ServiceMax is designed to provide field service technicians with fast and easy access to the technical product knowledge required for efficient and successful customer visits.

AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service that combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously update technical product knowledge for use by field service technicians and technical support representatives. The types of source information that AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts convert into usable, interactive knowledge bases includes FAQs, parts lists, installation and service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, product descriptions and alerts, safety notices, database output, images, videos, FAQs and MS Word and PDF documents. AnswersAnywhere knowledge experts have created and managed knowledge bases for over 200 companies.

ServiceMax is the global market-leader in Service Execution Management, a software category that includes both Field Service Management and Asset Service Management. ServiceMax provides a cloud-based software platform that improves the productivity of complex, equipment-centric service execution for OEMs, operators, and 3rd-party service providers.

“AnswersAnywhere and ServiceMax share the mission of helping manufacturers maximize the value of their field service organizations. The AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integrated solution unlocks new opportunities to increase customer satisfaction, first-time fix rates and efficiency,” said Bo Wandell, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for AnswersAnywhere. “As a result of the AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integration, field service technicians arrive at a customer site armed with all of the critical parts information and knowledge required to get a piece of equipment back up and running in the shortest possible timeframe.”

The newest version of AnswersAnywhere for ServiceMax features full, bi-directional data exchange with ServiceMax. Technicians can access relevant parts, installation and servicing knowledge from their ServiceMax work order by simply clicking on the integrated AnswersAnywhere button.

Wandell said, “Without leaving the ServiceMax field service management app, technicians can call AnswersAnywhere to gain immediate access to a knowledge base for the down equipment. To order a part in the AnswersAnywhere knowledge base, the technician can automatically drop the part number and quantity needed directly into their ServiceMax work order.”

As a cloud-based platform, AnswersAnywhere can deliver knowledge to field service staff worldwide. For technicians who work in environments without Internet access, AnswersAnywhere is fully operational in both online and offline modes.

According to Dara Sherafat, ServiceMax’s Senior Global Director of ISV Channels, field service organizations that have embraced digital transformation are realizing gains in service revenue and customer satisfaction while also reducing costs. He said, “A key component of a field service organization’s digital transformation strategy is delivering relevant knowledge when and where it’s needed. With the AnswersAnywhere/ServiceMax integrated solution, field service technicians have access to a mobile knowledge base that could contain tens of thousands of up-to-date knowledge articles, parts lists, parts images and product notices.”

Sherafat said that ServiceMax’s medtech customers are particularly interested in knowledge management solutions like AnswersAnywhere to meet government regulations and drive parts ordering efficiency. He said, “In addition to all of the efficiency gains delivered by digital transformation, medtech companies are interested in leveraging knowledge management solutions like AnswersAnywhere to ensure they meet FDA and EU MDR compliance requirements and eliminate costly, incorrect parts orders.”

 

About AnswersAnywhere:
AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service created by Infomill. Over 50,000 technical support representatives and field service technicians access a knowledgebase on the AnswersAnywhere platform every month to quickly and accurately install, service and repair equipment.

With offices in the US and UK, the AnswersAnywhere team has been creating innovative knowledge solutions since 1996. Infomill has a pedigree of successful aftermarket information projects with multi-national companies in HVAC, aerospace, mass transit, materials handling and other knowledge-critical sectors. Infomill is located in Derby, UK and Seattle, USA. Companies using the AnswersAnywhere platform include BUNN, Baxi, Centrica and Ferguson. 

 

About ServiceMax:
ServiceMax is the global leader in Service Execution Management, offering cloud-based software that improves the productivity of complex, equipment-centric service execution. Enterprise companies across the globe have turned to ServiceMax to help them keep the world running. Visit www.servicemax.com.

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AnswersAnywhere Integrates with ServiceMax to Empower Field Service Technicians

Infomill Integrates AnswersAnywhere with ServiceMax, from GE Digital, to Empower Field Service Technicians with Knowledge-as-a-Service Solution

Infomill, a leading global provider of field service knowledge management, today announced its Partner Certification and integration with ServiceMax, a leader in field service management. The partnership enables GE Digital to offer AnswersAnywhere, Infomill’s knowledge-as-a-Service (KaaS) solution, to its ServiceMax field service customers worldwide.

Already in use by over 50,000 technicians globally, AnswersAnywhere combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously optimize the knowledge required for field service organizations to increase customer satisfaction, shorten field visits and drive efficiency, accuracy and profitability. Types of knowledge that Infomill knowledge experts convert include hard copy and PDF documents, service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, part lists, product descriptions and alerts, database output, images and videos.

ServiceMax is a comprehensive, cloud-based, and mobile field service solution that manages the service delivery end-to-end process. By integrating AnswersAnywhere, service technicians will be provided with online and offline access to the decision-making information they need without navigating away from ServiceMax or researching solutions through hundreds or thousands of pages of documents and databases.

AnswersAnywhere is accessed via a “Find Answers” button on a ServiceMax work order. For the first time, a technician will be able to search through large and complex amounts of information to quickly find the break/fix, installation and service answers they need, as well as identify, locate and add parts to a work order.

Jonathan Skelding, VP of Global Alliances at ServiceMax, said of the partnership, “Infomill’s unique KaaS solution, AnswersAnywhere, is a valuable tool that empowers field service technicians with the critical knowledge that they have so far been lacking when onsite with a customer. By combining a number of disparate data sources into a single, normalized, interactive, mobile knowledge base, AnswersAnywhere adds important value to the ServiceMax platform. Providing service technicians with mobile access to maintenance, installation and troubleshooting knowledge means they can complete service visits faster and more profitably.”

Mobile Service Management for Field Service Technicians

Bo Wandell, VP of Sales and Business Strategy at Infomill, said, “A lot of field service technicians suffer from a knowledge gap when onsite with a customer. In many cases, the required knowledge is locked up in silos of disparate information sources back at headquarters. AnswersAnywhere unlocks that knowledge by delivering valuable and searchable information to the technicians’ mobile device of choice both online and offline. As a result of the integration between AnswersAnywhere and ServiceMax, technicians will have all of the information they need to improve key performance indicators such as first-time fix rates, mean time to repair, and customer satisfaction.”

Infomill will be an exhibiting sponsor at the ServiceMax Maximize event in Las Vegas, NV on September 18th – 20th, 2017 and the Field Service Fall event in Amelia Island, FL on September 25th – 27th, 2017.

Knowledge Base Solution for the Field Service Industry

About Infomill: Built on innovation and agility, Infomill has dedicated 20 years repurposing data to create revolutionary aftermarket production support tools that reduce repeat service visits and drive up customer satisfaction for field service organizations. Infomill has a pedigree of successful aftermarket information projects with multi-national companies in HVAC, aerospace, mass transit, materials handling and other knowledge-critical sectors. Infomill is located in Derby, UK and Seattle, USA.

For further information about Infomill and AnswersAnywhere, visit www.infomill.com or contact the US office: telephone 206-850-8503 or email sales@infomill.com

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2017: A Year of Field Service Knowledge Innovation

January 1st is right around the corner! Infomill has already started looking ahead at 2018 and excited for what the next year has in store for our solutions, AnswersAnywhere and PartsArena. But we don’t want to wish away 2017 too quickly. It’s been a year of Field Service Knowledge innovation here at Infomill, and we couldn’t be more pleased or proud with all we’ve accomplished.

Infomill’s Knowledge Management System Named an IDC Innovator

In October, Infomill was recognized as one of four IDC Innovators in the field service market. We were delighted to be chosen for AnswersAnywhere, our Knowledge-as-a-Service which combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously optimize the knowledge required for field service organizations to increase customer satisfaction, shorten field visits and drive efficiency, accuracy and profitability.

The report, “IDC Innovators: Field Service for Manufacturing 2017” profiles emerging field service vendors who specialize in manufacturing and offer innovative technology, a ground-breaking new business model or both.

ServiceMax Partner Certification Completion of Knowledge Management System

Infomill announced in September its Partner Certification and integration with ServiceMax, a leader in field service management. The partnership enables GE Digital to offer AnswersAnywhere to its ServiceMax field service customers worldwide. The integration will empower field service technicians by providing them with online and offline access to the decision-making information they need without navigating away from ServiceMax or researching solutions through hundreds or thousands of pages of documents and databases.

Integration was our Word of the Year

Infomill formed many strategic partnerships over the course of the year, completing integrations with several field service management software companies and our mobile knowledge solutions. Driven by the need to reduce costs and provide excellent customer service, service organizations are increasingly recognizing integrated software solutions as the key to revenue growth, customer satisfaction and competitive differentiation.

Proud Sponsors at Field Service Fall

We were very pleased to announce our sponsorship and presence at Field Service Fall this year. The service and support conference was held this September at the stunning Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Over the course of 3 days, we gained insights into the common challenges and new trends emerging in the industry, while also connecting with others who share our passion for field service.

A New Face at Infomill

2017 started off with a bang as Infomill brought on board a new VP of Sales and Business Management to oversee the company’s expansion into North America. Bo Wandell brought with him a wealth of experiences, having held executive level positions with a number of technology companies ranging from start-ups to global enterprises.

Wandell says, “The interest Infomill and AnswersAnywhere attracted in the field service industry this past year has truly been exciting. I am looking forward to 2018 as we continue to forge strategic partnerships and help leading field service organizations deliver even higher levels of performance and profitability”.

We Must Be Doing Something Right!

In July, we released our new AnswersAnywhere video. To date, the video has received over 19,500 views on YouTube (we promise, those haven’t all been from Infomill employees). The two-minute animation provides insight into the AnswersAnywhere process of transforming customers’ existing technical information, as well as giving a brief demonstration of how the solution works. If you haven’t already, watch now for a better understanding of this powerful Knowledge-as-a-Service solution.

2017 has truly been a year of innovation and integration at Infomill. These are just a few of the many exciting accomplishments we’ve achieved this year. However, we’re not ones to rest on our laurels, and we are already looking ahead to the new year and how we can continue helping service organizations achieving their business goals through our Field Service Knowledge solutions. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in 2018!

Webinar: Raise Field Service Productivity with an Integrated Knowledge and Inventory Solution

Raise Field Service Productivity with an Integrated Inventory and Knowledge Base Solution

Servicing medical devices in the field is unlike any other field service. Human lives and wellness depend on medical equipment uptime. To deliver fast First-Time fix rates, your field engineers need to have a detailed knowledge of complex installed equipment, troubleshooting techniques, replacement parts and their availability. Failure to deliver excellent service and lack of adherence to FDA regulations can result in missed SLAs, frustrated customers, penalties and, ultimately, less business for your company.

Mobile Field Service Knowledge

During this webinar, learn how your field service team can increase First-Time fix rates while improving customer satisfaction. You will hear Anna Startseva, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at ServiceMax and Bo Wandell, VP of Sales and Business Development at Infomill, discuss how a curated mobile knowledge base that is integrated with your field service and inventory management solution will help achieve and beat your field service KPIs.

In this webinar we discuss the benefits of knowledge management and show:

  • How leading Medical Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors outperform the competition
  • How to achieve productivity and customer experience objectives with digital tools
  • How an integrated solution from ServiceMax and AnswersAnywhere from Infomill delivers the right equipment and inventory knowledge at the right time so your field engineers can deliver flawless service
  • Demonstration of AnswersAnywhere
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The Importance of Mobile Knowledge in the Field

Mobile Field Service Applications

In a guest blog for Field Service Digital, Infomill’s VP of Sales and Business Strategy Bo Wandell discusses how mobile knowledge apps for technical and parts data have historically been viewed as a “nice to have”. However, as more organizations are making mobile tools a priority, they are starting to recognize the positive impact that these types of knowledge apps have in transforming their field service teams.

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Infomill’s AnswersAnywhere Passes Certification Testing for App to App Integration with ServiceMax from GE Digital

Infomill, a leading global provider of field service knowledge management, today announced it has successfully completed certification testing of their AnswersAnywhere application for the app-to-app integration capabilities of the ServiceMax Field Service App.

In use by over 50,000 technicians globally, AnswersAnywhere is a Knowledge-as-a-Service solution that combines people, process and technology to convert, deliver and continuously optimize the knowledge required for field service organizations to increase customer satisfaction, shorten field visits, drive efficiency, ensure accuracy and increase profitability. Types of knowledge that Infomill knowledge experts convert include hard copy and PDF documents, service manuals, schematic drawings, exploded diagrams, part lists, product descriptions and alerts, database output, images and videos.

Predix ServiceMax is a comprehensive, cloud-based, and mobile field service solution that manages the entire service delivery process. By integrating AnswersAnywhere, field service technicians are provided with the critical knowledge that they often need when onsite with a customer. For the first time, technicians have online and offline access to the decision-making information they need without having to leave the ServiceMax app on their mobile device.

Through the new integration, users can seamlessly launch the AnswersAnywhere app from within the ServiceMax mobile app and pull up the relevant technical and parts knowledge, such as service manuals, exploded diagrams, and parts catalogs. They can then pass the selected parts directly to the ServiceMax Field Service App. The picklist of required parts is then seen as updates to the Work Detail Line items of the Work Order.

Bo Wandell, VP of Sales and Business Strategy at Infomill, says “AnswersAnywhere adds significant value to the ServiceMax mobile app because it takes all the disparate data sources that field service organizations have and transforms them into a curated, interactive, mobile knowledge base. By providing service technicians with mobile access to maintenance, installation and troubleshooting knowledge they need while in the field means they can complete service visits faster, more accurately and more profitably.”

Learn more about how our partnership with ServiceMax is empowering field service technicians.